Nothing could be clearer, given the mountains of evidence cited here and that can be accessed very easily, that a strong school library program staffed with certified librarians has a very positive effective on learning within underserved communities.
The School Libraries section of the 2014 State of America's Libraries Report provides an overview of the top school library trends of the past year. School libraries are at a critical point: Budget and testing pressures have led to decisions to eliminate or deprofessionalize school libraries, but the increased emphasis on college and career readiness and the integration of technology makes them more critical than ever. School librarians’ collaboration with other educators is key to literacy and imlementation of Common Core State Standards. The American Library Association (ALA) is undertaking an advocacy campaign for school libraries that sets goals in five critical areas.
According to an article written for the Voice of San Diego, many of the libraries in public schools across the city are not staffed. The reason for this lack of staff comes from, suprise, lack of funding, but also from union rules that state librarians, library assistants and techs cannot be replaced by a volunteer or staff that would replace the job of the above positions in any meaningful way. This causes the great support structure a school librarian can give to a classroom, helping not only in research for the students but for information for teachers.
Being literate used to be about knowing how to read. In the 21st century it also means knowing how to negotiate through the torrent of information coming at you from all directions. Information Fatigue…
We had such an exciting PD session yesterday! Naomi Bates brought so much energy to the session, and formed a connection between her and the participants throughout her presentation. As one of our participants put it, she really kept them on their toes!
Naomi highlighted a lesson she uses with her students to teach digital and information literacy skills.
The sounds of libraries today reveal the impact of libraries throughout our lives -- from the excited giggles of toddlers in storytimes to the "aha's!" of young people engaged in inquiry to the quiet conversations of senior citizens discove...
(This week's guest blogger is Catherine Stuart, librarian at Rosemont School of the Holy Child.) It happened again last week. Someone at a party asked me what I do for a living and when I told him I was a school librarian, ...
Think about the utilitarian roles of the teacher librarian-think Swiss army knife. That's how one teacher describes the impact of the teacher librarian in schools. In a recent blog post on Edutopia, Josh Work, a middle school ...
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